(In Photo: Peter Demmerle)
If you have been reading the variety of human interest stories surrounding this title game, then you may have come across this incredible tribute piece to Peter Demmerle, a Notre Dame receiver who was admirably named “Hands” because of his innate ability to “fly in the air and catch anything.” That is until he was diagnosed with ALS, a disease that prematurely took his life at age 53. Demmerle was a critical member of the 1973 Notre Dame championship team- ironically an undefeated team that played for the championship against Alabama on December 31, 1973 a “contest, widely considered the greatest college game ever played.”
As a player, Peter Demmerle is an Iron Horse- the never going to give up kind of competitor. “Peter really epitomized the Notre Dame athlete,” says Terry Hanratty, a former Fighting Irish quarterback and consensus All-American. “He was the pinnacle.”
Two things came to mind as I read this tribute piece published in the Daily News (HERE),
- Another Alabama- Notre Dame national championship game
- Lou Gehrig
There is no question that these two men emblazon the name “Iron Horse” on their souls, but my question is do Iron Horses like these two men still exist in sports today? Who do you nominate for the post of Iron Horse?
--Suzie Pinstripe, BYB Opinion Columnist
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